Time magazine has named ‘The Protestor’ as its 2011 Person of the Year. The magazine annually honours an individual or group it deems the most influential, and thanks to a year of social unrest, riots and protests across the globe, the accolade went to the anonymous but powerful protestor.
The final choice was announced by Richard Stengal from American television network NBC. He said: “For capturing and highlighting a global sense of restless promise; for upending governments and conventional wisdom; for combining the oldest of techniques with the newest of technologies to shine a light on human dignity; and, finally, for steering the planet on a more democratic though sometimes more dangerous path for the 21st century; the Protester is Time's 2011 Person of the Year.”
Runners up included Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei.
See the Macro Trend Frontline for more information on the generation that is embracing the power of protest, and are driven by the sense that they can change the world.